Member states again fail to reach agreement on reauthorisation of glyphosate ̵...

On 24 June, the Appeal Committee failed to reach the required qualified majority in favour or against a temporary extension of the authorisation for glyphos ...| Click here to read more

EU leaders united to grant UK quick divorce

“The Union of 27 Member States will continue,” Donald Tusk, European Council President, Martin Schulz, European Parliament President, Jean-Claude Juncker, E ...| Click here to read more

FTA with China still on the cards, says Commission

The opening of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with China is still on the cards, the European Commission said on 22 June. However, the EU wants firs ...| Click here to read more

UK referendum: Top EU officials to meet on Friday morning to discuss outcome

UK, 7:00 BST 23 June, polling stations around the country opened for the vote that will determine whether or not the UK will remain a member of the European ...| Click here to read more

Member states refuse to talk TTIP at upcoming summit

The fate of the EU-US deal will not be discussed at the European Council on 28-29 June contrary to what was expected following Commission President Jean-Cla ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 22 June 2016

Deputy Members will meet in Brussels on 22 June 2016 to discuss the following items: Multilateral/Plurilateral issues: WTO Balance of Payments Committee ...| Click here to read more

EU to extend economic sanctions against Russia until 2017 – in brief

On 21 June, Member States’ Representatives (Coreper) agreed to prolong economic sanctions against Russia for another six months.  A decision to this end wil ...| Click here to read more

Brexit: Large Industries step up support for ‘Remain Vote’- in brief

Two days ahead of the British referendum on EU membership, the European steel industry along with UK executives and car industry directors have strongly bac ...| Click here to read more

China and Russia top list of countries with most trade restrictive measures

China and Russia – two leading G20 economies – have imposed the highest number of trade-distorting measures over the past 18 months. According t ...| Click here to read more

Member states rubber-stamp signing of EPA with East African Community

EU member states gave the thumbs up, on 20 June, to the signing and provisional application of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) the EU concluded in ...| Click here to read more

Malmström: no impact of potential Brexit on TTIP or other free trade talks

The UK’s possible exit from the EU will have no negative impact on the ongoing EU-US negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTI ...| Click here to read more

China and India top list of countries with most protective measures against EU imp...

China and India are again topping the list of countries with the highest number of active trade defence measures in 2015 against imports from the EU. Accord ...| Click here to read more

Decision on opening FTA negotiations with Indonesia delayed – in brief

Meeting at the ECOFIN Council, on 17 June, EU member states decided to delay the adoption of a decision to open negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) ...| Click here to read more

Decision on CETA to be based on “strict” interpretation of Lisbon Treaty

The European Commission intends to take a decision on the legal nature of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) based on a “strict ...| Click here to read more

Member states to give greenlight to opening FTA talks with Indonesia

EU member states are expected to give their formal greenlight next week to the opening of negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) with Indonesia. A dec ...| Click here to read more

Conflict minerals: partial deal reached, details need to be work out

Following marathon negotiations, the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament (EP) agreed late at night on 15 June, that EU smelters and ...| Click here to read more

Seoul prefers ISDS for its investment chapter but could consider ICS

High-level South Korean diplomats have expressed their preference for the old investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system over the Investment Court Syst ...| Click here to read more

Draft agenda of the Trade Policy Committee meeting of 17 June 2016

Full Members will meet in Brussels on Friday 17 June 2016 to discuss the following items: Post Nairobi Based on a presentation by the Commission, Full Mem ...| Click here to read more

Conflict minerals: negotiators reach “political understanding”

Late at night on 15 June, the Dutch Presidency, the European Parliament and the European Commission announced they reached a “political understanding” on “p ...| Click here to read more

EU Trade Insights’ Brussels Briefing: top trade issues from 15 to 30 June

We are expecting a very busy fortnight. It will start with the two-day meeting of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) on 15 and 1 ...| Click here to read more

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